Italian submarines in World War Two
|Born||17 Sep 1910||Florence|
|Died||27 Jun 1941||(30)||Killed in action|
Career informationFrom 19.02.1940, served at MARINACCAD.
CIRO MENOTTI (T.V. C.O.): fFrom 06.01.1941 to 04.05.1941.
SALPA (T.V. C.O.): from 29.04.1941 to 27.06.1941 (sunk, Guagni was killed).
Commands listed for Renato Guagni
|Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||Ocean going||T.V.||6 Jan 1941||4 May 1941|
|Salpa (SP)||Coastal / Sea going||T.V.||29 Apr 1941||27 Jun 1941|
Ships hit by Renato GuagniNo ships hit by this Commander.
War patrols listed for Renato Guagni
|Submarine||Date||Time||Port||Arr. date||Arr. time||Arr. port||Miles||Description|
|Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||7 Jan 1941||0820||Taranto||7 Jan 1941||1450||Taranto||38||Trials, escorted by a minesweeper.|
|Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||8 Jan 1941||0955||Taranto||8 Jan 1941||1637||Taranto||43||Exercises.|
|1.||Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||10 Jan 1941||0735||Taranto||10 Jan 1941||1700||Gallipoli||Exercises and passage to Gallipoli.|
|2.||Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||11 Jan 1941||1940||Gallipoli||20 Jan 1941||1610||Taranto||550||Patrolled south of Strait of Otranto, in 39°30'N, 19°10'E. Uneventful [mileage is from 10th January].|
|Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||18 Feb 1941||1300||Taranto||18 Feb 1941||1700||Taranto||36||Trials, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.30.|
|3.||Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||22 Feb 1941||0735||Taranto||7 Mar 1941||1610||Taranto||905||Patrolled south of Strait of Otranto within 10 miles from 38°40'N, 19°40'E. Uneventful, heard only H.E. and distant explosions.|
|Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||24 Mar 1941||1315||Taranto||24 Mar 1941||1730||Taranto||21,5||Trials.|
|Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||27 Mar 1941||0925||Taranto||27 Mar 1941||1047||Taranto||1||Trials.|
|4.||Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||4 Apr 1941||2100||Taranto||5 Apr 1941||1015||Taranto||80||Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto.|
|5.||Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||9 Apr 1941||1224||Taranto||21 Apr 1941||1330||Taranto||791||Patrolled south of Otranto Straits within 10 miles from 39°20'N, 19°30'E on a NW-SE axis. Uneventful. Guagni was criticized by Admiral Falangola for staying too long underwater, as the submarine was supposed to be surfaced for the first 15 minutes of each hour, to receive instructions by short waves.|
|Salpa (SP)||5 May 1941||1820||Taranto||6 May 1941||1625||Taranto||Exercises with H.8, escorted by the pilot vessel Limbara.|
|6.||Salpa (SP)||9 May 1941||1137||Taranto||25 May 1941||1145||Messina||2343||Patrolled southwest of Crete, between 34°40'N and 35°20'N, 23°00'E and 24°40'E and from 14th to 16th May off Egyptian coast, between 31°20'N and 32°40'N, 28°00'E and 29°20'E. Uneventful except H.E.|
|Salpa (SP)||12 Jun 1941||0830||Messina||12 Jun 1941||1650||Messina||Exercises, escorted by Arcione.|
|7.||Salpa (SP)||18 Jun 1941||2155||Messina||27 Jun 1941||0811 (UK)||Sunk with all hands||Sailed for patrol off Egyptian coast and Cyrenaica, between 31°55 N and Egyptian coast, and between 26°20'E and 26°40'E (according to German records between 32°40'N and 32°27'N , and between 25°00'E and 25°20'E) She had to proceed to Leros and was sunk in 32°04'N, 26°47'E by the British submarine HMS Triumph. No survivors, five officers and forty-three ratings killed.|
|27 Jun 1941|
(e) 32° 05'N, 26° 47'E
|At 0757 hours, the submarine HMS Triumph (Lieutenant Commander W.J.W. Woods, RN) sighted what looked like masts of a small ships. Five minutes later, it was recognised as a submarine and she probably had just surfaced. Later it was identified as a PERLA class boat, steering 003° at 10 knots.|
At 0811 hours, the British submarine opened fire from 1,500 yards. In all, 33 4" rounds were fired of which 5 were direct hits as well as 330 rounds with her Lewis guns.
This was Salpa on patrol off the Egyptian coast. The Italian submarine appeared to have fired back 5 rounds with her deck gun, but was now apparently almost stopped and sinking by the stern.
At 0818 hours, HMS Triumph fired two torpedoes at 600 yards. The first deviated to port, but the second squarely hit the target and she sank. A large pool of oil was seen but no survivors.
Salpa had gone down with all hands. Five officers and forty-three ratings perished.
14 entries. 14 total patrol entries (7 marked as war patrols) and 1 events.